Children, Youth and Family Mission: To provide a means for fostering personal growth for our Youth and Families in planned activities and events where experiences are shared intergenerationally with an emphasis on providing the building blocks for life applications through the life of Christ.
Youth and family ministry is concerned about the lives of people and the faith that can give them abundant life (John 10:10). It is evident from research, daily life experience, and the chronicles of the church that there are at least four keys that can nurture healthy relationships and faith at the same time. The following are the four keys or building blocks of youth and family ministry:
- Caring Conversation
- Family rituals and traditions
- A family devotional life
- Intergenerational service to others that conveys the beliefs, values, and lifestyle of the home
The ministry to Children, Youth, and Families at St. Luke’s includes forming faith and forming community.
A significant aspect of our shared ministry is being together to love, learn about one another, and share our walk with Jesus. We meet in a variety of ways including experiences with families, in specific age groups, or within our multigenerational congregation.
We serve together.
Some service events have include packing food at for food banks, making dinner for the Congregations for the Homeless, giving micro-loans through KIVA, building a home in Ensenada, or making cards for seniors or shut-ins.
We also play together.
We have egg hunts, play Whirlyball, go to a Mariner game, eat spaghetti, and play BINGO. And our fundraisers are often FUN-RAISERS.
We worship together.
Sometimes worship happens on retreats, on our campout weekend, during a compline service or at Wilderness Ranch. Most often is with our larger church family on Sunday morning.
We learn about Jesus together.
This happens when two or three of God’s people are gathered. Confirmation classes, Prayer Chapels, Sunday school classes, singing during the Sunday opening, being at Vacation Bible School, by being mentored, or serving as a mentor.
If we support our youth now, it can shape their future lives. Let’s all get involved in this process.
“Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. Turn from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.”